The Telegraph - Calcutta, India: A two-day conference on the role of the National Library as a â€œmirror of the nationâ€ and to review its service was held in the Bhasha Bhavan conference room on Monday and Tuesday.
Several speakers from across the country â€” including library and information science professionals, preservation and conservation experts and the directors of seven Central Libraries â€” spoke on The National Library as an Intellectual Resource: Challenges and Prospects.
NACONAL 2006, as the conference was called, was inaugurated by writer Mahasveta Devi.
Filipino Librarian writes "In a pre-conference session, John Wilkin started by talking about the genesis of Google Book Search at U-M, and eventually got around to the secrecy regarding the technology and numbers surrounding the project. He mentioned that he understood why Google wants to keep these secret, but added that permission has been obtained to talk about certain aspects of the project. More... In the opening session, John Seely Brown differentiated between "learning about" and "learning to be," which seems to be similar to the difference between telling a man how to catch fish, and letting him learn to catch fish by doing. Other examples: the open source movement, Decameron Web, open and closed peer review at Nature, MediaCommons, etc. More..."
We are writing on behalf of the Organising Committee, to inform you of the call for papers for a:
SYMPOSIUM ON THE HUMANITIES: FINDING A PLACE IN CHANGING TIMES
Columbia University, New York City, 24-26 February 2007 Humanities Symposium
The Symposium is to be hosted by the International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities and the International Journal of the Humanities, in conjunction with the Center for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. -- Read More
In New Orleans I got to attend a great symposium by OCLC entitled "Preserving Library Core Values and Envisioning the Future." It featured Derek Woodgate, Founder and President of The Futures Lab; Wendy L. Schultz, Ph.D., Director of Infinite Futures: Foresight Research, Training and Facilitation; and Stacey Aldrich, Assistant Director of the Omaha (Nebraska) Public Library System. Pretty interesting stuff. It's now available online for your viewing on OCLC's site.
Filipino Librarian writes "Who are the best persons to share 'Tips for Conducting Research and Evaluating Information'? In the case of Wikimania, librarians J Baumgart and Gary Price are the go-to guys.
A few weeks ago Google had the pleasure of meeting many librarians at the American Library Association's annual conference in New Orleans. They say it was gratifying to be part of the city's renaissance as a hub for gatherings like this one, and to share that historic experience with nearly 17,000 librarians who flew in from all across the country to share ideas and learn from one another.
They brought along a camera crew to capture some of the excitement, and they're sending this special ALA dispatch so that even if you weren't able to attend, you can get a taste of the experience.
Check out Chris Arnold's report on All Things Considered //NPR about the first convention to hit New Orleans after Katrina--yes, ALA.
Nice One From The Times-Picayune. Chris Rose says the American Library Association convention this weekend was a serious step in the right direction. "I don't mean to read too much into this event, but it's a sign that New Orleans is ready to be, once again, New Orleans when drunken librarians in relax-fit jeans and plaid shirts cavort in the halls of fancy hotels."
For the ALA annual conference in New Orleans that starts this Thursday, June 22, Fodor's offers a downloadable PDF New Orleans travel guide at Fodors.com. Updated for the ALA, it has information on hotels, restaurants, sites and Hurricane Katrina's effect on the Crescent City.